ONS: 16 March 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 16, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Polls in Zimbabwe opened for a referendum on a new constitution that would limit the powers of President Mugabe.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican police reported seizing a large amount of illegal drugs and weaponry from two underground warehouses in the country’s north.
  • ASIA: China’s parliament announced the nominations of Wang Yi as its new FM and Li Keqiang as premier
  • EUROPE: Cyprus reached a bailout agreement with EU, IMF and ECB officials.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US CIA is reportedly contingency planning for drone strikes against Islamic extremists in Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: File sharing service Dropbox purchased the owner of the Mailbox communication app and promised to continue the service.

TOP STORY

  • United States: US announced changes to missile defense plans amid tension with North Korea
    • Defense Secretary Hagel announced plans to bolster missile defense systems in Japan and Alaska to counter North Korea.
    • The US announced it was abandoning plans to deploy missile interceptors to Poland.
    • A South Korean official reported that North Korea test-fired two short range missiles during US-SK military drills this week.
    • Coverage: AP-1, Reuters, AP-2, NYT

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Rebel forces loyal to warlord Bosco Ntaganda were reported to have been routed in a clash with rival rebel group M23. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: Police dispersed a crowd of Odinga supporters in Nairobi. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Tuareg rebels in the northern part of the country began issuing security passes for the region under their control. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: Unknown gunmen attacked a police station in East Darfur, killing at least seven and wounding three. (Xinhua)
  • Zimbabwe: Polls opened for a referendum on a new constitution that would limit the powers of President Mugabe. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Chile: Former President Bachelet stated she was leaving her current position at the UN and returning to the country, fueling speculation she intends to run for president again. (AP)
  • Mexico: Police reported seizing a large amount of illegal drugs and weaponry from two underground warehouses in the country’s north. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Large crowds attended the final funeral parade for Hugo Chavez. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: ISAF reported the capture of a Haqqani leader in Khost province. (Xinhua)
  • China: The country’s parliament announced the nominations of Wang Yi as its new FM and Li Keqiang as premier . (AFP, BBC)
  • Korea, North: A UN official reported that millions of the country’s citizens depended on external food aid. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: Police reported they believed the leader of the Sulu gunmen has fled the country. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: A UN official declared that US drone strikes in the country’s northwest violated its sovereignty. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: The country reached a bailout agreement with EU, IMF and ECB officials. (NYT)
  • Italy: The country’s parliament was unable to elect speakers amid ongoing political gridlock. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: A PKK rebel commander reported the group plans to support jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan’s peace plan. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The country is reportedly an increasingly lucrative market for arms sales. (AFP)
  • Syria: The US CIA is reportedly contingency planning for drone strikes against Islamic extremists in the country. (LA Times)
  • Syria: Continued clashes in Damascus and across the country marked the conflict’s second anniversary. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: File sharing service Dropbox purchased the owner of the Mailbox communication app and promised to continue the service. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Tim
    • Location: 255 NM E of Willis, Australia
    • Movement: S at 6 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17MAR)

  • Iran: P5+1 talks on Iran’s nuclear developments in Istanbul begin (to 18MAR).
  • Pakistan: The government will finish it’s five-year term making room for new elections.
  • Christianity: St. Patrick’s Day.

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